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purport

verb [T + to infinitive]     /pəˈpɔːt/ US  /pɝːˈpɔːrt/ formal
to pretend to be or to do something, especially in a way that is not easy to believe : They purport to represent the wishes of the majority of parents at the school . The study purports to show an increase in the incidence of the disease . The tape recording purports to be of a conversation between the princess and a secret admirer .Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretendingFaking and pretending
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